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Candidates Tournament Round 13

  • SonofPearl
  • on 31-03-13 13:09.

There was a very tense atmosphere in round 13 of the London Candidates Tournament - the penultimate day of the competition.  Both Vladimir Kramnik and Magnus Carlsen were absolutely determined to win their games against Boris Gelfand and Teimour Radjabov respectively. 
Vladimir Kramnik had the advantage of the white pieces and played the novel idea 5.e3 in a fianchetto Gruenfeld sideline, putting Gelfand under great pressure and eventually winning a pawn.  But Gelfand was tenacious in defence, finding the crucial move 38...Rd8 as the time control approached to save the game.
A relaxed Boris Gelfand before the game
Kramnik pressed hard, but Gelfand was equal to the task
Magnus Carlsen had the black pieces against Teimour Radjabov, and opted for the Nimzo-Indian after Radjabov played 1.d4.  Radjabov slowly drifted into a slightly worse endgame, and Carlsen kept trying everything he could to keep the game alive and induce a mistake from his opponent.  Deep into the 6th hour of the game Radjabov was surviving almost solely on the 30 second time increment and Carlsen picked up a vital pawn.  Finally, incredibly, after nearly 7 hours of play Carlsen won the game!
Magnus Carlsen won an amazingly tense game
Teimour Radjabov finally succumbed to Magnus Carlsen after nearly 7 hours
The first game to finish today was the encounter between Peter Svidler and Vassily Ivanchuk. The spinning roulette wheel that seems to determine Chucky's choice of opening in this tournament stopped today at the French Defence. Svidler obtained a pleasant game with the advance variation and as Ivanchuk struggled to cope with his inferior position he lost on time for the fifth time in the tournament.
Peter Svidler did what Magnus Carlsen couldn't - beating Vassily Ivanchuk


Despite his loss to Vladimir Kramnik yesterday, Lev Aronian still had a mathematical chance of winning the tournament, but even that minuscule possibility vanished when he only drew with Alexander Grischuk, in the second game to finish today. 

Alexander Grischuk and Lev Aronian drew their game



So Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik both have a score of 8½/13 going into the final round tomorrow.  But Carlsen has the superior tie-break score, so as long as he achieves at least the same result as Kramnik he will win the tournament.  Carlsen has white against Svidler, and Kramnik has black against Ivanchuk.

The standings after 13 rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2872
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2810
Peter Svidler RUS 2747 7
Levon Aronian ARM 2809 7
Boris Gelfand ISR 2740 6
Alexander Grischuk RUS 2764 6
Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2757 5
Teimour Radjabov AZE 2793 4



The 2013 Candidates Tournament runs from 14 March - 2 April in London, with the winner earning the right to challenge current world champion Vishy Anand for the title.

The tournament is an 8-player double round-robin event and the venue is The IET at 2 Savoy Place on the banks of the river Thames. The total prize fund is €510,000 (approx 665,000 USD). 

All rounds start at 14:00 GMT, and the time control is 2 hours for 40 moves, then an extra hour added for the next 20 moves, then 15 minutes more with a 30 second increment to finish.

The official FIDE website coverage is at london2013.fide.com.

Round-by-Round Pairings

Round 1  15/03/13   
Levon Aronian ½ - ½ Magnus Carlsen
Boris Gelfand ½ - ½ Teimour Radjabov 
Vassily Ivanchuk  ½ - ½ Alexander Grischuk 
Peter Svidler  ½ - ½ Vladimir Kramnik
Round 2  16/03/13   
Magnus Carlsen ½ - ½ Vladimir Kramnik
Alexander Grischuk  ½ - ½ Peter Svidler 
Teimour Radjabov  1 - 0 Vassily Ivanchuk 
Levon Aronian 1 - 0 Boris Gelfand
Round 3  17/03/13   
Boris Gelfand 0 - 1 Magnus Carlsen
Vassily Ivanchuk  0 - 1 Levon Aronian
Peter Svidler  1 - 0 Teimour Radjabov 
Vladimir Kramnik ½ - ½ Alexander Grischuk 
Round 4  19/03/13   
Magnus Carlsen 1 - 0 Alexander Grischuk 
Teimour Radjabov  ½ - ½ Vladimir Kramnik
Levon Aronian ½ - ½ Peter Svidler 
Boris Gelfand ½ - ½ Vassily Ivanchuk 
Round 5  20/03/13   
Vassily Ivanchuk  ½ - ½ Magnus Carlsen
Peter Svidler  ½ - ½ Boris Gelfand
Vladimir Kramnik ½ - ½ Levon Aronian
Alexander Grischuk  ½ - ½ Teimour Radjabov 
Round 6  21/03/13   
Peter Svidler  0 - 1 Magnus Carlsen
Vladimir Kramnik ½ - ½ Vassily Ivanchuk 
Alexander Grischuk  ½ - ½ Boris Gelfand
Teimour Radjabov  0 - 1 Levon Aronian
Round 7  23/03/13   
Magnus Carlsen ½ - ½ Teimour Radjabov 
Levon Aronian ½ - ½ Alexander Grischuk 
Boris Gelfand ½ - ½ Vladimir Kramnik
Vassily Ivanchuk  ½ - ½ Peter Svidler 
Round 8  24/03/13  
Magnus Carlsen ½ - ½ Levon Aronian
Teimour Radjabov  0 - 1 Boris Gelfand
Alexander Grischuk  1 - 0 Vassily Ivanchuk 
Vladimir Kramnik 1 - 0 Peter Svidler 
Round 9  25/03/13  
Vladimir Kramnik ½ - ½ Magnus Carlsen
Peter Svidler  ½ - ½ Alexander Grischuk 
Vassily Ivanchuk  1 - 0 Teimour Radjabov 
Boris Gelfand 1 - 0 Levon Aronian
Round 10  27/03/13  
Magnus Carlsen 1 - 0 Boris Gelfand
Levon Aronian 1 - 0 Vassily Ivanchuk 
Teimour Radjabov  ½ - ½ Peter Svidler 
Alexander Grischuk  0 - 1 Vladimir Kramnik
Round 11  28/03/13  
Alexander Grischuk  ½ - ½ Magnus Carlsen
Vladimir Kramnik 1 - 0 Teimour Radjabov 
Peter Svidler  1 - 0 Levon Aronian
Vassily Ivanchuk  ½ - ½ Boris Gelfand
Round 12  29/03/13  
Magnus Carlsen 0 - 1 Vassily Ivanchuk 
Boris Gelfand ½ - ½ Peter Svidler 
Levon Aronian 0 - 1 Vladimir Kramnik
Teimour Radjabov  ½ - ½ Alexander Grischuk 
Round 13  31/03/13  
Teimour Radjabov  0 - 1 Magnus Carlsen
Alexander Grischuk  ½ - ½ Levon Aronian
Vladimir Kramnik ½ - ½ Boris Gelfand
Peter Svidler  1 - 0 Vassily Ivanchuk 
Round 14  01/04/13
Magnus Carlsen Peter Svidler 
Vassily Ivanchuk  Vladimir Kramnik
Boris Gelfand Alexander Grischuk 
Levon Aronian Teimour Radjabov 


Look out for details of Chess.com TV coverage of the event at this page.

Pictures by Ray Morris-Hill.

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  • 2 jaar geleden


    What a magnificent win by Carlsen! That was a show of true grit and tenacity. I truly hope Magnus will win tomorrow!

  • 2 jaar geleden


    Carlsen has a 66 percent chance to win the tournament! (out of 9 total cases of possible outcome combinations btw Carlsen nd Kramnik, Carlsen only loses in 3 cases, a) if he loses nd kramnik draws, b) he loses nd kramnik wins, c) if he draws and kramnik wins)

    The most comfortable way of course for him to secure his victory is to win his last match against Svidler, which is quite chanceful knowing that he won against him in their first match, and that he will play with white pieces. GO Carlsen! :)

  • 2 jaar geleden


    Carlsen just has to go into the last round assuming that Ivanchoke will choke again.  He has to go all out for the win.

  • 2 jaar geleden


    ..hope Carlsen will win, because I think he has better chances against Anand than Kramnik...But in any case, it is great tournament , and I really enjoy...

  • 2 jaar geleden


    So if Chucky play Ruy Lopez tomorrow, there will be no berlin defence by Kramnik...! maybe sicilian this time ?!! who knows.....

  • 2 jaar geleden


    Tomorrow Svidler and Carlsen will finish with a draw, and Kramnik will beat Ivanchuk! And very sad Radjabov's tournment.. :(

  • 2 jaar geleden


    Whoever mentioned cheap-endgame-tricks is a nut. Cheap endgame tricks against a top rated Grandmaster? Please...

  • 2 jaar geleden


    boris gelfand is the savior of this tournament, for me it is clear that vassily has something against carlsen not because he defeated him but the way he has played the whole tournament, he sould be excluded from all major chess events for his poor sportmanship

    kramnik has shown why he became world champ and gelfand also proved why he won the right to challenge the world champ by playing great games against aronian and kramnik

  • 2 jaar geleden

    NM papapizza

    Carlsen may get into trouble tomorrow if Ivanchuck does not like him to win. I suspect that Mr. Ivanchuck will lose easily once again.

  • 2 jaar geleden


    @FM VPA:

    Even if I think the idea of being lucky in chess is stupid (you win because you picked better moves than your opponent through the game, not by some divine action), you could perhaps say that Magnus was lucky when Radjabov blundered with a4. However, Kramnik had it all in his own hands and blundered away his win all by himself.


    When people speak about luck in chess they tend to see one particular move isolated. The fact is that if a game is drawn both sides might have had their blunders. One player plays precise moves in one part of the game gaining an advantage, but the other player makes more precise moves later and it ends in a draw.

  • 2 jaar geleden


    I feel sorry for Carlsen's opponents who play drawn endgames for 6-8 hours and then finally blunder because they're too exhausted to correctly respond to cheap endgame tricks..

  • 2 jaar geleden


     What is Anands rating?

  • 2 jaar geleden


    So Ivanchuk beats Carlsen in round 12 because he is part of a conspiracy, and Gelfand holds Kramnik to a draw in round 13 because he is not. I think I have got that. Nothing to do with chess then?

  • 2 jaar geleden


    the theory is: if Carlsen is kept out of the final with Anand..everyone can take a shot at the championship...but if Carlsen wins this even, he might beat Anand..and everyone has to face him for the championship in future..So, why not ensure he does not get to the final by teaming up? The method (for winning the championship) is dictating their actions...

  • 2 jaar geleden

    FM VPA

    I think, MC was lucky to have won while Kramnik was unlucky to have drawnSurprised

  • 2 jaar geleden


    @UnDeROaTh: from what I've seen and heard, if Kramnik and Carlsen have the same result tomorrow - both lose, both draw, both win -, in other words, if they finish with equal score, Carlsen wins the tie breaks. Now, I'm not exactly sure how the tie breaking works - I believe the rules were quoted by SonofPearl in a previous round's post -, but I think he has better tie breaks because he has more wins than Kramnik. Anyway, point is for Kramnik to win, tomorrow either Carlsen must lose or draw while Kramnik wins, or if Kramnik draws he will only win if Carlsen loses.

  • 2 jaar geleden


    wow sonofpearl was fast on posting this ae! thanks 

  • 2 jaar geleden



    It means that if both win or both draw and their score equals 9.5 or 9, then other secondary, tertiary, etc scores will be caclulated. And it appears these other scores favor Carlsen. It is just as in football. If two teams have the same points, they will be separted by goal difference (secondary point). If they have again similar goal difference, they will be separted by number of goals scored (tertiary score), etc. In chess, the number of games you played with black or the number of higer rated player you won against, etc can be taken into account.

  • 2 jaar geleden


    Yeah a big salute to Gelfand! i wonder what was he sipping on from that tiny cup before the game...

  • 2 jaar geleden


    UnD3ROath, if both Carlsen and Kramnik draw their games tomorrow, Carlsen wins the tournament, because the second tie-break is number of wins and Carlsen is ahead there (the first tie-break is result among them, and they drew both their games)...

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